Jacqueline Grant earned her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education while working full time as a Family Child Care Educator for the past eight years. She has recently started her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education, at Washington Adventist University. Jacqueline was raised in a Family Child Care environment- she is deeply passionate about providing children and families with the rich learning experiences she had as a child in a warm nurturing home environment. As the immediate past President of the Maryland State Family Child Care Association for the past three years, she has had the opportunity to advocate for Family Child Care Educators in Maryland. She continues to make to strides in the advocating field for Early Childhood Educators and the families and children that we serve. She was awarded the Ruby Brunson Community Advocate Award in 2018 by the National Association of Family Child Care.
Jody Lamberti has been a Family Child Care provider since 2009, joining her sister’s established business as a co-provider. Formerly a middle school teacher, Jody holds a BA in English from Immaculata University and a M.Ed. from AIU. Jody serves as a Board Member for her local Howard County Family Child Care Association and has previously served on the state Board for the Maryland State Family Child Care Association. One of the founders of The Alliance, Jody has a passion for equity in education, rapidity in recruitment, creativity in coaching, and stability in support. (She also has an affection for alliteration.)
Second Vice President
Arrealia Gavins, Founder at Realia Early Care and Education LLC, provides educational consulting, professional development and technical assistance to educators, early learning programs, Early Head Start/Head Start grantees and educational institutes. Realia Early Care and Education, LLC’s professional development services focus on cultural and organizational change from the inside-out. As well as, technical assistance that focus on the vital behaviors of highly effective educators who defy the odds -- and innovation strategies to achieve, sustain and continually increase the developmental growth and academic achievement of children birth to third grade and their families. Gavins is also Senior Manager, Early Learning, Practice at the Bainum Family Foundation. Here she supports the Foundation’s early learning, practice strategy. Providing a wide range of training and technical assistance on developmentally appropriate practices, infant and toddler career development, staff retention, school readiness, practice-based coaching, pedagogical leadership and overall programmatic quality supports. Gavins joined the Foundation in 2016 with more than 26 years’ experience supporting child and family development programs, focusing on early childhood education, program administration, community systems development and organizational culture change. She previously served as Family Child Care Provider for the US Marine Corps – Child Youth Services and Regional Early Childhood Education Specialist for Region VII, Office of Head Start Technical Assistance Centers. Gavins is also a successful grant writer and professional development conference coordinator and is frequently invited to speak on family child care and enhancing early learning outcomes at local, state and national events. Gavins holds a Master of Science in Education, Reading, and a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Development, both from Missouri State University.
Lynnet Huggins has a passion for the power of education. She began her career as the owner of ExecuTrain of Boise, where she had the opportunity to help build many employees and entrepreneurs, many of them were women re-entering the workforce after staying home to raise children. These people’s confidence grew as they became educated in technology. Many of them became strong leaders in their community. Simple training changed the course of these men, women, and their families. Watching people grow increased her passion for education/training. After selling ExecuTrain of Boise, Lynnet returned to Utah. For the next 20 years, she had the opportunity to use her Bachelors in Accounting and Masters in Business Information Systems to help many small businesses increase profits through streamline systems and analyzing key indicator reports using accounting data. She became involved in early childhood education after becoming a mother. Finding quality child care was so challenging. She knew that creating the right foundation would determine how her daughter would learn. She accepted an opportunity to work for NAFCC, and used her skills to help an organization that focused on quality child care. The four years she spent building NAFCC’s employees was very rewarding and has added to her abilities to serve on the FCCAMD so she can continue serving in the early childhood education community.
Erin Moxley Mallonee
Erin Moxley is the owner and operator of Ms. Erin's Licensed Child Care in Catonsville, Maryland. Erin loves her chosen profession and believes that there is no greater feeling than knowing that she aided in the learning and growth of a child. What Erin enjoys most is seeing the expression of a child who has just discovered something new and wonderful for the first time. Erin has been caring for children for over 15 years; first caring for her own children, then neighbors children and other children in the community. Erin strives to improve the quality of the services she provides to her clients as a Professional Early Educator by staying up to date on the new child care laws and regulations, advocating for early childhood education, and learning new, exciting, and stimulating teaching methods and activities.
Angela Lamberti is in her 20 th year of Family Child Care and continues to love her choice of career. She serves as the Vice President of PR/Marketing on the Howard County Family Child Care Association board and was formerly the VP of Education at the state level. Angela takes an active part in educating parents about Family Child Care at events throughout the county and promotes family engagement and the creation of partnerships between school, home, and community.
Brian Siatkowski is a managing partner for Tebo & Associates. Tebo & Associates is a full-service marketing and advertising agency that specializes in the education sector with a focus on “integrated, relevant partnerships.” Mr. Siatkowski specializes in brand integration and activation through low-cost, high-impact advertising, sponsorship, and event creation as well as being nationally-recognized for his public-private sector partnerships. Past projects include strategic partnership campaigns for corporate partners like NASA, SeaWorld, Nemours Children’s Hospital, Michael Waltrip Racing and Pizza Hut. In the public sector, he has developed marketing and sponsorship programs for large-scale school districts like Orange County Public Schools (FL) and Albuquerque Public Schools (NM) to help create non-traditional revenue streams and promote public school programs. Mr. Siatkowski has also created multiple non-traditional marketing campaigns and partnerships for the Maryland State Department of Education. Mr. Siatkowski has been featured on NBC Nightly News, advised the Florida Senate on rules for companies advertising with schools, and spoken at national public relation & marketing conferences for his work. He has won two national awards from the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) for his marketing programs with Orange County Public Schools (FL). He currently serves as a member of the Corporate Advisory Board (CAB) for Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and resides in York, Pennsylvania.
Debbie Moore retired this year from her position as Senior Policy Analyst after working for Maryland Family Network for 15 years. Her early childhood advocacy experience began in 1991 and includes numerous board positions with local, state and national family child care associations, multiple county and state boards, work groups and commissions, and staff positions as public policy director for the Maryland State Family Child Care Association and the National Association for Family Child Care. She has 14 years of experience as a regulated family child care provider in Maryland and 5 years as a practicing attorney, and she was an approved child care trainer in Maryland for two decades. Debbie has been married to her amazing husband for 42 years, has raised 3 brilliant, talented and beautiful daughters and is now the doting grandmother of 2 grandsons and 1 granddaughter who bring untold joy to her life.
Ken is an integrated marketing and communications expert who has served on leadership teams at non-profit, government and the private sector organizations. As a marketing and communications strategist. His early childhood education experience includes serving as Chief Communications Officer at the Council for Professional Recognition. Ken helps nonprofit organizations and businesses: -Engage and increase audiences -Create strong relationships, coalitions and advocates -Increase value by creating with clear messaging and a persuasive call to action - Achieve growth and awareness As an award-winning television and print journalist Ken has a unique understanding of how to reach targeted audiences such as leaders, influencers and editors. Ken is also a former Congressional Press Secretary, National Press Foundation Paul Miller Reporting Fellow and an Excellence in Government Fellow.
I have been a registered Family Child Care Provider for over 30 years and have served as Vice President and President for the Family Child Care Association of Montgomery County, Inc over the last thirty years. I was appointed to the Early Childhood Coordinating Council in June of 2013 and served for 3 years. I have an AA Degree in Early Childhood Education and will be receiving my BA in Early Childhood Education in May of 2020. As a NAFCC Accredited provider, I have always been an advocate for children and families. As a level 5 Credentialed provider, I believe in the programs MSDE supports and hope to be Level 5 in Maryland Excels by September 2020.
Professor Sonia Pruneda-Hernandez Director, EarlyProfessor Sonia Pruneda-Hernandez is the Director of Early Childhood Initiatives at Montgomery College. She earned her M.S. in Education of Young Children from Nova Southeastern University and her B.A. from the University of North Florida. She is a current doctoral candidate of early childhood education at Walden University. She started her career in early childhood education with the Navy Family Child Care Programs at Naval Station Mayport, Florida and continued in the ECE field directing Child Care Centers for the Department of Defense at Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy. Professor Pruneda-Hernandez has experience as a director with private corporate childcare centers and has worked extensively throughout her career assisting childcare centers attain NAEYC Accreditation. Professor Pruneda-Hernandez is the Co-Advisor of the MC Early Childhood Education Club which has received numerous awards and is the MC Coordinator for the Maryland State Department of Education Child Care Career and Professional Development Fund. She has been teaching early childhood education courses at Montgomery College since 2006. Professor Pruneda-Hernandez has been the keynote speaker and plenary panelist for state and national early childhood education conferences. She was awarded the MC Faculty Outstanding Service Award in 2015 and the NISOD of Excellence Award in 2016. She was the recipient of the American Association of Community College Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty Designation for 2018 and was selected as the 2019 Northeast Regional Association of Community College Trustees Faculty Member Award.
Interim Executive Director
Bill Hudson has devoted most of his adult life to working for the common good, with over twenty-five years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector. He is currently building a new consulting firm, Family Child Care Associates (FCC-Associates). The mission of FCCA is to help family child care providers and the organizations that support them achieve higher levels of success. Prior to deciding he was crazy enough to start his own company, he served as the Chief Executive Officer for the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC), the only national membership/trade organization developed solely to advancing the field of family child care. In addition to supporting NAFCC members, Hudson worked to advance the larger Early Care and Education field by serving on the core task force for the Power to the Profession initiative sponsored by NAEYC. He also served on the National Birth to Age 8 Workforce committee and the Early Care and Education Innovation Collaborative, both sponsored by the National Academy of Medicine. Prior to joining NAFCC, he headed one of Pennsylvania’s largest public library systems. He currently sits on the board of the Main Street Child Development Center in Fairfax, Virginia, a NAEYC accredited nonprofit preschool which provides a high-quality program for predominately low-income families. He has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and lives in Reston, VA. When not trying to advance the field of family child care, Bill spends time reading, traveling, thinking about how to improve nonprofit boards, enjoying theater, and fighting a serious addiction to pizza.
Donna Fowler, a mother of five, is passionate about ensuring that all children are given the opportunity to succeed. Mrs. Fowler is currently the Content and Implementation Partnerships Manager at Teaching Strategies, LLC, an early childhood organization that provides curriculum, assessment, and professional development solutions for Administrators, Directors, Coaches, Teachers, Family Child Care Providers and Parents. In her role she supports professional development, coaching and implementation for school districts, Head Starts, Early Head Starts, private child care and family child care networks and providers. Prior to joining Teaching Strategies, LLC, she served as Director of Public Policy at the Maryland State Family Child Care Association, where she worked to ensure that the laws and regulations governing the association's members were consistent with quality for the children and affordability for their parents and guardians. Over the course of her career, she has written and managed grants to nationally accredit more than 150 child care providers. Most recently she volunteered and served as the President for the National Association for Family Child Care from 2015 to 2019. She has worked for or been involved with the family child care community since 1998 and was a Nationally Accredited Family Child Care Provider in Prince George’s County, Maryland. She has previously been appointed to the Governor’s Early Care and Education Advisory Council and Chaired the Office of Child Care’s Advisory Council for the Maryland State Department of Education. With an M.A. in Education from Concordia University and B.A. in Organizational Management from Ashford University, she is committed to understanding how early childhood organization serve and support teachers and providers in an authentic and appropriate manner.
Mark L. Rosenberg
Mark L. Rosenberg is an attorney in private practice in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, where he practices primarily in the areas of corporate, securities, taxation and real estate matters. He represents financial institutions, trade associations, developers, manufacturing and service companies, primarily in the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan areas. He was previously a partner in the Washington office of Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger and Hollander, a regional law firm based in Baltimore, Maryland. He is currently “of counsel” to the Law Firm of Bregman, Berbert, Schwartz & Gilday, LLC in Bethesda, Maryland. Mr. Rosenberg received his B.A. in Economics "With High Distinction" from the University of Michigan and his law degree from the Harvard Law School. He also holds a Master of Laws in Taxation degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to entering private practice, he was an antitrust prosecutor with the Federal Trade Commission, where he litigated major oil company merger cases. He also served previously as Deputy Assistant General Counsel for Legislation at the FTC, and as a Subcommittee Counsel for the United States House of Representatives. Mr. Rosenberg has been active in the early education and child care industry for several decades. He co-founded The Kid's Place, Inc., a Maryland company that owned and operated early education centers serving over 900 families in the Baltimore/Washington region. Mr. Rosenberg also has provided legal representation for a number of other early education companies in the Mid-Atlantic area. He also served as an officer of the Maryland State Child Care Association for many years, and was President of that association for several years. Mr. Rosenberg represented Maryland on the Board of Directors of the National Child Care Association for a number of years and was National Treasurer of that organization. Mr. Rosenberg was one of the founders of the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation Commission (NECPA) and has served on the Board of Directors for NECPA for many years.